803 Trost Avenue
Cumberland, MD 21502
telephone/fax: (301) 722-3930
Council candidate announces details of "Next Generation" election
- February 15, 2000.
Dr. Terry Rephann*,
a Cumberland native who resides at 803 Trost Avenue announced his City Council
platform today for the Cumberland municipal elections to be held in May. The
theme of the platform "Next Generation Campaign for Cumberland" reflects a
modern vision of economic development for Cumberland that is based on contemporary
planning ideas and recognizes the importance of the new economy, technology,
sustainability, globalization, reinventing government, and accountability,
as well as traditional municipal bricks and mortar issues in achieving balanced
economic development. The platform is divided into 10 sub-themes, including
Support economic development efforts that emphasize development of human resources,
infrastructure, value added, and industrial retention and expansion rather
than industrial recruitment and tax/subsidy incentives for footloose firms.
Maryland Economic Development Task Force. Support initiatives of
the Western Maryland Economic Development Task Force as appropriate. ·
Clusters. Identify core industry clusters and local competitive
advantages. Market the city with information from critical industrial self-study.
Park Themes. Develop "new economy" themes for municipal industrial
parks and business districts.
Impacts. Implement a fiscal impact instrument for evaluating and
rewarding any tax and loan incentive packages. ·
Home. Develop an online electronic database of former residents
wishing to "come home" and a place to mount their qualifications for local
Marketing Analysis. Develop a visitor marketing analysis to identify
service needs currently being met and any deficiencies.
Capacity. Provide support and encouragement for local information
firms to expand reliance on locally generated critical information capacities.
Partnerships. Build new partnerships with local educational institutions
and expand student internship participation. ·
Workforce. Work with county educators to develop a "Guaranteed Workforce"
Technology Center. Explore the possibility of developing a 'Community
Technology Center' for the Cumberland area.
Improve information dissemination, on-line marketing, and customer service
using new electronic technologies. ·
Town Hall. Create an electronic town hall which allows citizen web
participation in city meetings, informal "straw polls" concerning city issues,
and on-line payment of municipal bills and fees.
Plan. Develop a technology plan for municipal government. Undertake
a critical audit of the city's technological capabilities and deficits.
- Web Business
Directory. Work with consortium of independent web businesses to
build one stop access to local businesses having a web presence.
- Web Cam.
Mount a web cam of central business district.
Improve recreational amenities, health, and safety for Cumberland's children.
Develop a water fluoridation plan that meets the health needs of our area's
Improvements. Implement findings of parks and recreation plan.
Streets. Make road maintenance, accessibility, signage and safety
improvements in vicinity of schools, playgrounds, and bus-stops a priority
Develop global partnerships that provide new models and perspectives for community
development, that enhance international prospecting and exporting opportunities,
and that complement municipal marketing efforts.
City. Sponsor Sister City initiative through Sister City International
with a European "best practice" city of similar size.
Network. Develop an inventory of bilingual residents to assist in
international firm recruitment and assimilation of international professionals.
Improve information systems for transportation planning, emphasize infrastructure
investment, and develop municipal services that are run more like the private
Prioritization System. Develop transparent system for prioritizing
transportation needs and improvements. ·
Increase share of municipal grant spending on street maintenance and construction.
Government. Apply building design, quality control, signage, and
customer service standards similar to those employed in the private sector
for municipal services.
Airport. Provide information support for critical infrastructures
such as the regional airport.
Promote environmentally friendly development so that our municipality lives
within the limits of nature and embodies quality.
and Pedestrian Friendly City. Create a pedestrian and bicycle friendly
city by integrating Canal Trail, Allegany Highland Trail, and potential
Potomac River Greenway Trail with a municipal bike path grid that accesses
points of interest in city.
Conservation. Introduce design and zoning standards that promote
energy conservation efforts.
City Environmental Quality. Report results of water, air, and solid
waste pollution audits. Utilize sustainability indicators in marketing and
Improve marketing efforts to increase visibility of Cumberland and its industrial/tourism
assets to the region and world.
and Identity. Improve the identity, image, and marketing of the
town by developing new municipal logos.
Marketing. Improve online (WWW) marketing of the city.
Reinvigorate the municipal strategic planning process and rationalize municipal
and Vision. Re-write the municipal mission and vision. Develop a
revised statement that is achievable and measurable and link it with a revised
Support efforts to consolidate municipal services with County where appropriate.
downsizing. Tie municipal staffing levels more closely to population
in service area. Reduce staff where appropriate and pass savings along to
Take measures to increase safety in the Central Business District and improve
municipal health care opportunities.
Mall Safety. Support stricter enforcement of loitering prohibitions
in public shopping spaces.
Garage Safety. Reserve first-level parking spaces in municipal parking
garages for women during nighttime hours.
Health Care Center. Support consolidation needs in health care to
assist local agencies achieve economics of scale and scope in health care
delivery. Strongly support expansion of specialty clinics at Memorial Campus.
Care Targeting. Identify unmet specialist needs in regional health
care matrix. Participate in aggressive recruitment of qualified professionals.
Make elected officials accountable for developments that occur during their
tenure. Improve public participation and provide leadership on key issues.
- · Municipal
Benchmarking. Establish quantitative targets for important indicators
of community economic, environmental, health, and social well-being and
track annual measurements showing progress toward targets.
- · State
of the City. Encourage the city mayor to develop an annual "State
of the City" address outlining achievements of past fiscal year and goals
for the next.
- · Diverse
Viewpoints. Encourage more diverse viewpoints on municipal action
committees, including the participation of individuals who might oppose
the action being studied.
- · Leadership.
Provide leadership on key issues affecting the welfare of the City.